Exercise as Medicine for Parkinson’s Patients

The event we co-sponsored on April 25th got a nice write-up on Kaiser's website: When Ramon Queseda, MD, told his patient Linda Teichman that exercise could help her Parkinson’s symptoms, she was skeptical. But she followed his advice anyway.  Today, the Los Altos, Calif. woman is a model patient: She exercises five days a week, at least two more times than before her diagnosis a year ago. She says she’s stronger now.

Register Now for the Parkinson’s Disease & Parkinsonism (LBD, PSP, MSA, CBD) Caregiver Symposium

Saturday, July 12, 2014, 8am to 4:15pm Crowne Plaza Foster City JOIN US!

June 2014, Guest Speakers/Programs at PD Support Grps in Northern and Central California

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson's support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for June 2014.  Thanks to our summer intern Lauren Stroshane, RN, for doing a lot of the legwork this month to collect the info.  (It's good to have help, regardless of what you do in life!)

WSJ: Specialized Care Urged for Treating Parkinson’s Disease

This recent Wall Street Journal article notes that only 40-60% of Parkinson's patients ever seek care from a movement disorders specialist. We are very lucky in Northern and Central California to have a large number of terrific PD specialists.

May 2014, Guest Speakers at Parkinson’s Support Group Meetings, Northern and Central California

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson's support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for May 2014.  Here's what's happening at a support group near you.

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month!

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month!

You have about a week left to raise awareness of PD by speaking with your family, friends, and neighbors about it. Contact a local newspaper, radio station, or TV station about how you are coping with Parkinson's Disease. Start a blog about positive and negative aspects of Parkinson's -- if you are living with it or caring for someone with PD.

PD, PSP, CBD, MSA Research Studies Recruiting NOW in Northern and Central California

PD, PSP, CBD, MSA Research Studies Recruiting NOW in Northern and Central California

It has been awhile since the Stanford APDA Parkinson's Information & Referral Center published a list of all of the PD, MSA, PSP, or CBD research studies currently recruiting at non-profit institutions in Northern California.  Since April is Parkinson's Awareness Month, we decided to compile the list below to encourage everyone in the wider community to participate in at least one of these studies!

April 2014, Guest Speakers/Programs at Parkinson’s Support Group Meetings in Northern and Central California

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson's support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for April 2014. Here's what's happening at a support group near you.

Exercise as Medicine – Apr 25, 1-3pm, RWC

Exercise as Medicine – Apr 25, 1-3pm, RWC

Becky Farley, PhD, neurorehab specialist and physiologist discusses the benefits of exercise and Parkinson Disease.  Dr. Farley is the founder of Arizona-based Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!).  She developed the LSVT BIG program, a physical therapy program designed for those with PD.  Her talk will address the basic science as she advocates for exercise as a first line of defense in PD. Stanford APDA, in cooperation with Kaiser Permanente (Dr. Ramon Quesdada and PT John Berdoulay) and other community organizations, is hosting Dr. Farley for four days of intensive instruction for PTs, OTs, and fitness instructors.  Our goal is to have more physical therapists, occupational therapists, and fitness professionals trained on exercise for the PD community.

Mar 2014, PD Support Groups Guest Speakers

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson's support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for March 2014.  Here's what's happening at a support group near you.